One sign that you have come in contact with God’s grace is calmness around you, freshness around you, and order. Chaos is not around you and confusion is far from you. All because you have contacted God’s grace.
The grace of God makes the life of a person easy. I mean, this same grace is what we looked at in John chapter 1 verse 17, that says that the law came through Moses,but Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. May we come in contact with that grace through this word today, in Jesus Name. Amen.
Thank you for joining the class once again. We continue the series, from where we stopped in the last class, where we concluded a sub-series of 4 classes, talking about the depths at the river. Depths in God. Ezekiel 47:2-6
In that sub series, we stopped at verse Ezekiel 47:5 when the water overwhelmed Ezekiel and he could only swim in it. At a point, the water was at the ankle, then to the knee, then his loins before it finally overwhelmed him. It was so wonderful. I hope you’ve been swimming in that water since then.
Now, I thought we were going to stop there. But I just read a little further, and saw that the next verse opens a new revelation unto us. In Ezekiel 47:6,
6 And he said unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen this? Then he brought me, and caused me to return to the brink of the river.
Remember that at this bank of the river was where he started in verse 3, but as he went deeper, the water overwhelmed him. Now, the Lord brought Him back to the riverbank. In verse 7 hear what he said.
7 Now when I had returned, behold, at the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other.
That is, very many trees on both sides of the river. Well, we shouldn’t be surprised with that. Let me remind you of what we saw in the previous classes, where we looked at Juice at the river and other goodies at the river in Psalms 1:1-3. Verse 3 confirms the flourishing we see at the river bank.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Let’s pause it there. Just hold your hand on that portion of the Bible,and let us go back to Ezekiel 47:7.
Now when I had returned, behold, at the bank of the river were very many trees on one side and on the other.
Now, this the same River bank, talked about in Psalm 1:3. You see that there were very many trees on both sides of the river. Even at the bank of the river, there’s a lot of greenness, freshness. According to Psalms 1:3. That’s why I said in the beginning that one evidence that you have come in contact with God’s grace is that everything is fresh around you. Everything is green. When we say greenness or freshness, it means nothing withers, nothing dies, everything Lives.
That’s why you cannot afford to be far away from God’s presence. You must stay close. Don’t view or hear from afar. Evidence that God’s grace is working in your life is easy and fresh. Please check out the men of God that we admire. They always remain fresh despite their old age. They are advanced in age, yet they look young. I mean, consider our Father in the Lord, Pastor E.A. Adeboye for example. For a man of his age, look at how fresh he is and the grace with which he delivers his own assignment everytime he does. That’s how you know people who have come in contact with God’s grace. But it’s not limited to men of God. Please look at your life. You need to come to this river and contact the grace of God, and stay there.
Worry is out of the question. Even medical explanations will tell you that when you don’t worry, you don’t jitter, you’re not anxious, you’re not mad at anyone. You don’t argue, you will be fresh, because your body will not wear out since you won’t lose any emotional energy that’s supposed to work for the healing of your veins and arteries and all that.
The spiritual explanation to that is that you’re free from every demonic oppression Even when the devil is shouting, you’re resting. The Bible says be still and know that I am God.
But that’s not even where we are going today. We are looking at a particular feature that the river carries. Remember that the river is Jesus himself. The totality of everything God and everything Good that God represents in our life. Let’s look at verse 8,
Then he said unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed.
Remember that the sea mentioned here is a dead sea. It has nothing living in it.
“which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed.”
But the water we’re talking about here is the living water, fresh water. Whereas the water in the sea is the salty water. It’s dead water with no life. Let’s read that in the Living Bible version, to verify that.
He told me: “This river flows east through the desert and the Jordan Valley to the Dead Sea, where it will heal the salty waters and make them fresh and pure. – Ezekiel 47:8
Now, listen to this, in Isaiah 60:1, Bible says
Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.
For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
You can liken that darkness that covers the whole earth with the sea. This signifies the world around you. But because you’re flowing with the river of living waters, you will give life to the world. Our Lord Jesus had promised us that out of our bellies shall flow rivers of living waters. So Ezekiel is saying that the waters flowed from that River through the desert into the dead sea. In other words, grace will flow from God, through you into the world.
There is deadness in the world. But because of the grace flowing through you, everywhere you pass through, that deadness becomes life. Everywhere you are, that drought becomes springs of water. Whatever is sick becomes healed, every darkness becomes lightened. You know, you can compare that with our physical day to day life. Everywhere you are, there must be light. If you’re in an area where there is no electricity, just because of some issue. The first thing you should do is to bring electricity to that place. And if it’s because the electrical infrastructures are damaged, please don’t sit down quietly with all other people, initiate the move to getting the light restored. Never be satisfied with sitting in darkness.
Now, if you’re in a place, say, your workplace or office. Do not be satisfied that people are wallowing in sin. Don’t be satisfied moving around people, or having staff or neighbours around you who are not saved or going through some negative situation. Let the water, grace, flow through you unto to them.
Now, let me show you what that water did in the book of Ezekiel.
“This river flows east through the desert and the Jordan Valley to the Dead Sea, where it will heal the salty waters and make them fresh and pure” – Ezekiel 47:8
You know, I said that one evidence that you are drinking from this water, and you’ve contacted grace through this water is that everything about you will be fresh. Everything about you will live.That’s the same effect that this water has produced in the dead sea. Remember that the sea mentioned there is the dead sea. It is dead. It is lifeless. That’s how the world is. They may look large, complex, colourful or organized, but they don’t have the life of God. We have that life. They claim to have life and are bubbling with excitement and ideas, but no! Any soul without Christ has no real life. The life we’re talking about here is God’s kind of life. ZOE! Hallelujah.
That’s the life we have been commissioned to pass to the dead world around us.
2]For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. Isaiah 60:2
Ezekiel 47:8 implies that we will heal the world around us. We will heal the salty water and make the world fresh and pure.. People of God, please don’t be satisfied with any form of deadness around you. If you’re in politics, don’t play it in a dirty manner, like the dead world does. As a business person, don’t play the dead game. Play the living game. Everything touching the water of this river shall live. So, this river of living waters that we have been teaching about in the last couple of classes is one that will heal everything it touches.
Henceforth, everyone that touches you lives, in the Name of Jesus. There must be life all around you. So you cannot afford to stay far. Remember that this water is Jesus Himself. We’ve gone a long way, explaining all of the benefits of this water. The water is grace himself. Please, contact that grace from this class. Say Lord Jesus, I drink more of this water. I drink more of your grace. And the Bible says out of my bellies shall flow out rivers of living waters.
The river of living water is flowing right now from me to every endeavor I lay my hands upon in Jesus Name. For emphasis, there must be nothing dead around you. If you notice anyone sick around you, lay hands on them, if you can’t lay your hands on them, just hold their hands and say, because I’m here, Jesus is here, the living water is here, everything I touch lives. The Bible says everything this water touches lives. Begin with yourself and your family. Yourself, your wife, husband, children,your parents.
You may look small, but you have a big God. The river of living water is oozing out of you. We talked about different precautions. Watch your tongues. Don’t spill out negative or dirty words and slangs as this reduces the efficacy of your words. The Bible says Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. Eph 4:6
Let’s continue in Ezekiel 47:9
The Bible says, Everything touching the water of this river shall live. Fish will abound in the Dead Sea, for its waters will be healed. Wherever this water flows, everything will live.
Even though nothing is living in the dead sea, but because the living water has touched it, everything in it comes alive. As Christian’s, we carry the river of living waters. All of a sudden, fishes began to blossom in the dead sea, just because the living water flowed into it. That’s the world around you, your environment. Everywhere you flow to, there’s nothing like deadness there. Nothing is dead around you. As long as you keep drinking from God daily, the living water flows out of you.
No one is permitted to die around you. Evey deadness around you must live, if only you know your place and you believe this revelation. Is the devil tormenting anyone around you with terminal illnesses? Just stand your ground and say, everything Lives , anywhere I am. So, you live. If we all stand our ground in our nation’s, every rottenness in government will be healed.
Hear this one again. The Bible says Fishes will abound even in the dead sea. And our Lord Jesus told Peter and Andrew in Matt 4:19 that “I will make you fishers of men”. So the fish here also talks about souls. Because the living water is healing every deadness in our world, there will be souls won into the Kingdom of God. That’s the fish. The world will accept our gospel, because they are healing them of their deadness.
Father, we thank you. Wherever this water flows, everything lives. Say Lord. Everything lives in my life. Every deadness comes back to life. Every deadness in Nigeria, in Africa, in all parts of the world comes back to life. Every deadness in Leadership, in Economy, in health, begins to live. Every deadness in our individual lives will begin to live, in the name of Jesus. There is no more sickness, we are all healed.
Now, you’ll begin to heal everyone around you because you carry this living water. Maybe you don’t know this and that’s why you’re not confident proclaiming it. So, now you know. If you’re sick in your body, then you’re healed right now.
But if you haven’t received Jesus, then you have another kind of sickness. And your healing is ready, right now. Your soul needs to live first. Come to Jesus, so that the river will flow into your heart and heal you first.
Say Lord Jesus, I come to you today. I’m ready to receive from you. I’m ready to receive that River of living water and live. So, I repent of my sins and I forsake them. I accept you as my Lord and Saviour. Thank you Jesus, for saving me and writing my name in the book of Life. In Jesus Name. Amen.
I congratulate you for crossing to the side of life. Please get a Bible believing church, fellowship God personally, everyday, and fellowship with other believers in church.
Until next time when we meet again , by God’s grace, bye.
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